The Lap-Band procedure is the least invasive of the weight management tool procedures. There is no re-routing of internal organs or cutting/stapling of internal organs. The procedure involves small incisions with minimal scarring and reduced pain, length of hospital stay and reduced recovery period. The process has a reduced risk of complications such as mortality, nutritional deficiencies and hair loss.
The Lap-Band is an individualized adjustable restrictive band to achieve long-term weight loss and can be adjusted without surgical procedures. It is removable at any time with no permanent changes to the body. An appointment with Dr. Suits to discuss surgery cannot be made until a seminar has been attended.
The Gastric Bypass surgery is a permanent surgical procedure designed to limit food consumption through restriction and decreased absorption. The procedure separates a large portion of the stomach and small intestine from the large intestine to decrease the amount of food consumed and reduces the absorption of food in the small intestine. This is a more invasive procedure with possible complications including bleeding, infection, bowel obstruction and rarely death. The benefits are consistent weight loss with no restrictive opening to the stomach but with a smaller volume allowed in the stomach and less absorption of the food consumed achieving consistently weight loss over time.
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Detailed information on gastric bypass surgery, including the reasons and preparation for the procedure, how the procedure is performed, after care, an anatomical illustration of the digestive system, and an illustration of a gastric bypass procedure
The Sleeve Gastrectomy is an additional procedure option offered by the WLS program. The procedure allows the size of the stomach to be reduced with any intestinal re-routing or reconnection. The stomach is reduced to an enlarged version of the esophagus to reduce the amount of food someone is able to eat. The result is you fill full more quickly and have reduced consumption.
The reduced intake allows for weight loss without the malabsorptive properties of the gastric bypass or the foreign body placement of the Lap-Band. The typical recovery time is 4-6 weeks depending on your level of activity at home and at work. This procedure is not currently covered by most insurance companies and is considered a private pay selection in most cases. A consultation with Dr. Suits after the seminar will help you to determine if this might be the right procedure for you.